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John Lewis reports big spending

Group reports biggest ever weekly figures

John Lewis' flagstore in London

Department store group John Lewis looks to have bucked predictions of a high street spending slowdown by reporting its biggest ever weekly figures.

The group, which came top in Which?’s annual retail survey this year, took nearly £96 million last week.

That was 11.7% more than during the previous seven days and 5.2% higher than for the same period in 2006.

John Lewis said there were particularly strong sales of furnishings as families get ready for the upcoming festive season.

John Lewis Direct

The group said shoppers were snapping up fold-out beds, duvets and lighting, while Christmas trees, decorations and candles were also proving popular.

A John Lewis spokesperson added that last week was also the best for its online operation, John Lewis Direct, with sales up 40 per cent on the same period in 2006.

Dan Knowles, Director of Selling Operations, said: ‘This coming week we are expecting more good results from online sales as well as a real ‘buzz’ in our toy departments where Star Wars is already proving to be a huge hit this year.’

In an exclusive interview in December’s Which? magazine, John Lewis Partnership Chairman Charlie Mayfield said the group planned to double the size of its business over the next decade with a major expansion of both John Lewis and Waitrose.

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